On the cusp of fall, the direction a flower garden is headed may not be the stuff of viral social media images. And it may not inspire a weary gardener’s delight.
But don’t stop now. As Jenny Rose Carey, a longtime flower gardener and vocal believer in the possibilities of the weeks ahead, puts it: “September is the new May.”
Wave Hill in New York City, where fall has long been a celebrated season, and Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, Pa., where this month and next are still prime time, too.
How do you keep your garden going strong until the frosty end? Start by looking at landscapes like those for clues.
Chelsea chop as spring wound down. That severe haircut, when a third to half of the height is cut back, receives its name because it is performed in England at the end of May, around the time of the Chelsea Flower Show.
The result is less flopping and slightly later blooming — good news for the fall garden.